We love Halloween, and all of the food and fun that come with this holiday. We have family traditions that bring back a flood of happy memories. These cute witch fingers are so easy to make.
Spooky Witch Fingers are a fun cookie that shows up to our family Halloween parties. The kids absolutely love this spooky dessert. They also love to help make them.
The cookie for these witch fingers is a delicious shortbread cookie. We also have a cherry chocolate shortbread cookie that you will enjoy.
is it hard to blanch the almonds so that they look like a fingernail?
We have been blanching our own almonds for years. It is so easy, and only takes a few minutes.
We often buy almonds in the bulk section of the grocery store because they are a lot cheaper when you bag them yourself. You can save money and only purchase the amount of almonds that you will need for your recipe.
Bring a few cups of water to a full rolling boil. You will want to boil enough water so that the almonds are completely immersed. Pour the boiling water over the almonds and let set for 1 minute.
After 1 minute, drain the hot water off of the almonds and run cold water over them to rinse them off.
After rinsing the almonds under cold water, drain well. Then spread the drained almonds out on a paper towel to dry. You will notice that the skins are wrinkly and shriveled up.
The hot and cold water treatment helps the skins to slip off easily from each almond. Slip off the skins when they are cool enough to handle.
It’s an easy process and now you have the perfect blanched almond for your Spooky Witch Finger Cookies. They make the perfect fingernail.
Related recipe? Love spooky Halloween recipes? Try our Spooky 7-Layer Dip!
Do you have to make the fingers green?
You can easily leave out the green food coloring so your witch fingers will be the color of the cookie dough.
They will still look spooky when you add the red gel around the fingernail and the gel at the end of the finger.
We have made these Spooky Witch Fingers green and white. The color will not effect the taste in any way.
ingredients needed for spooky witch finger cookies
- Powdered Sugar
- Almond Extract
- Baking Powder
- Green Food Coloring
- Red Decorating Gel
- Strawberry or Raspberry Jam (seedless)
*Pro Tip: If you can’t find the red gel, you can use jam around the almond fingernail. It looks just as creepy.
how to make spooky witch finger cookies
Here are the ingredients needed for this spooky dessert that will kick off your Halloween party!
The blanched almonds are not shown in the picture above. Scroll up to see the blanching process for your almonds. You will need about 30-36 almonds for the fingernails.
- In a large mixing bowl beat together the softened butter, powdered sugar, egg, vanilla, and almond extract. Almond extract is our favorite flavor that comes shining through in these cookies.
- Stir in salt, baking powder, and flour and mix until combined well.
- Add in green food coloring until you get the green finger color you want.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for about 20 minutes. Then remove from fridge and roll into about 1 1/4 inch balls.
- Roll each ball of dough into a long finger shape about 4-5 inches long. Press an almond into the end of each finger shape. Using a toothpick make indentation marks to resemble creases in the finger.
- Place fingers on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. We lined them up on the cookie sheet. They don’t spread very much when cooking, but you will want to spread them about 1 1/2 inches apart. Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until set. You don’t want to overcook these fingers or they will be very dry. But you do need them to be cooked through so they don’t break in half.
- Let cool completely before adding the gel under the fingernail. When cookies are cooled, carefully pull off the almond nail and place some red gel (or jam) at the base of the nail bed. Then replace the almond pushing down gently so the gel will ooze out around the almond. The gel will also hold the almond in place so that it doesn’t fall off.
- At the other end of the finger, you can add more gel or jam to make the witch fingers even spookier. You can also leave them as they are. They are cute both ways. We love dipping these Spooky Witch Finger Cookies in jam. They are so delicious.
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looking for more Halloween desserts??
- Peanut Butter Spider Cookies
- Halloween Mummy Brownies
- Double Chocolate Cake Cookies
- Vampire Donuts
- White Chocolate Monster Munch Chex Mix
- Halloween Graveyard Pudding Cups
Spooky Witch Finger Cookies Recipe
- 1 cup butter (Softened)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1½ teaspoons almond extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 cups flour
- 6 drops green food coloring (more or less if needed)
- 36 whole almonds (blanched)
- 1 (.67 ounce) tube red gel
- 1 cup strawberry jam (optional)
- In a large mixing bowl mix together the butter, powdered sugar, egg, vanilla, and almond extract.
- Stir in salt, baking powder, and flour and mix until combined well.
- Add in green food coloring until you get the color you desire.
- Leave dough in the mixing bowl and cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for about 20 minutes.
- Remove from fridge and roll dough into 1 1/4 inch balls.
- Then roll each ball into a finger shape about 4-5 inches long. Press an almond into the end of each finger. Using a toothpick make indentations to resemble creases in the fingers where knuckles would be.
- Place fingers on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until set. You don't want to overcook these cookies or they will dry out and break easily.
- Cool completely before adding the gel. When cooled, remove the almond and place a little red gel at the base of the nail bed and then replace the almond. Press so that the gel shows around the nail.
- You can also add gel or jam to the end of the finger or you can leave them the way they are.
- These witch fingers are so delicious dipped in jam.
Adapted from Simply So Good